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Trio of peers cast in Civic Theatre production of ‘Frozen Jr.’

Byron Center High School students and friends Alexa Wollney, Xavier Turner and Abbie Westers all landed major roles in the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre musical ‘Frozen Jr.’ ...

Instructional leader gets to the heart of learning

Thornapple Kellogg Curriculum Director Kim Chausow looks back on 30 years with the district...

Shoe salesman and mashed potato maker comes back to his roots

He wasn’t drawn back just because he went to school there, but also because they teach using personal mastery and competency-based education...

When you empower students, ‘they will amaze you’

Caledonia High School’s new principal moved up from the assistant...

Most important thing we do is ‘have a belief in our own bright future’

On the road with family or in the stands with fellow Cubs fans, this new school chief is a Yooper who wants students to shine in their own best way...

This musician’s swan song is sure to be just his start

After embracing cello instruction, East Kentwood High School senior passes huge music milestones, looks ahead to college...

Hooked on history and gifted in writing, senior publishes paper on PBB crisis

Eastern High School senior Claire Parish’s National History Day article on the 1970s PBB crisis is in the current issue of Michigan History magazine...

Two new leaders for GRPS

Laura McCloud is the new supervisor of Special Education for Grand Rapids Public Schools. Tammi Jenkins is the new principal at East Leonard Elementary...

Runner, reader, singer and learner, all while having fun

Teya Cotter is the new principal of Roguewood Elementary School...

Motivating others is passion of new athletic director

New athletic director's background spans sports, teaching...

‘I want to change the world’

Ja'Kaurie Kirkland makes an impression on pretty much everyone he meets, including us. Learn what’s behind his positive outlook...

Experiences shape your life, says new high-school supervisor

Bilal Muhammad is the new supervisor of 54th Street Academy, the district’s alternative high school...

New principal says students teach him to ‘smile and be joyful’

Meet one of the newest additions to the Thornapple Kellogg team, new Page Elementary principal Gregg Bruno...

Three newbies and a lifer hired as principals

The district hired three new-to-Wyoming elementary principals along with a familiar face to lead the high school...

Dean Transportation: It’s all about the kids

Dean Transportation, which carries some 80,000 students to and from school in Michigan, operates on a philosophy of caring for each one of them under the leadership of Kellie Dean, a former special-education teacher...

Brother and sister work hard for ‘a better future, a better life’

Anyelin and Yustin Vasquez Lopez left a dangerous life in Guatemala to achieve academic excellence and set career goals in America...
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